It was a pleasure to work with AIRE members at today’s Flasby Fell event. The well-oiled AIRE machine swung into action through the preceding days: courses completed in good time, stiles built and deployed well in advance, maps updated, courses printed, SI uploaded, Start laid out and all ready to go on time. Martyn Gill put in a lot of time and effort to identify and mark control sites and plan challenging legs for every level of difficulty. We expected all gates to be closed for the competition but two were propped open for the sheep. Unfortunately some Yellow competitors were tempted through, instead of handrailing the wall around the outside. Other than that and a few navigational queries there were no hitches with the courses. Sue Stevens took organising in her stride and appeared unflustered throughout. Other than the mud and the slippery parking arrangements, everything went off without a hitch. One competitor commented that the hardest challenge was finding download. Must remember for next time. Well done to everyone concerned, especially to those who volunteered to collect in controls at the end. A thankless task, but a real time saver for the planner.
by George Crawford-Smith
A big thank you to everyone who helped at Flasby yesterday - not only the official helpers but all those competitors who helped by car sharing (>2 competitors per car), by pushing cars stuck in the mud, and by rallying round to help during the serious incident that took place. I'm sorry download was hidden by the cakes but that sheep pen was our prime parking position. Despite the difficult conditions the event seemed to go well and it was good to see people leave looking happy in their mud-splattered cars.
My first consideration, with this being a winter event, was to have the start and finish as near the car park as possible. In the end it didn't really matter as it was such a mild day.The junior courses had then to be fitted into the nearby terrain. If you complained at the uphill finish then blame the white course. The final 200 metres gave us a reasonable length. I actually visited the area a dozen times ruling out bits of the terrain that I didn't like,so in my mind the courses used the best bits of the area. Lots of walls and crossing points clearly impact on the technical nature of the area. Nevertheless there was scope to catch out the unwary. Thanks to the control collectors who made my job easier at the end of the day.
Pre Event Info
Directions / Parking
Car–From the Skipton By-pass (A65) take the turn north towards Grassington (B6265). After approx.1.3k turn left into Bog lane at Grid ref SD978541 Post Code BD23 6EP. At 300m turn right onto the approach track.
No exit before 12.00. When leaving the event the T junction from Bog Lane onto the B6265 is tricky – take care.
Train-Skipton rail station 2 miles
alongside approach track. £1 per car
Registration & Start Times
Registration 10.00 – 12.0
Starts 10.30-12.30. Courses closes at
On the day only. Seniors £9.00 (£7.00 BOF members). Juniors and Students £3.00.
White and yellow courses are free, orange course £3 all ages. Second map £1.
SI card hire 50p.
|Colour||Length km||Climb m||Controls||Technical difficulty|
Open moorland with significant rock detail. Physically challenging and exposed. The last few controls on all courses will be in a small area of runnable woodland. All courses except white and yellow will cross stiles built by Aire and all will cross a gate using a stile. Only use marked crossing points – do not climb any walls or fences, and close and latch gates behind you.
No dogs. There are sheep in the parking/assembly area.
Contacts / Officials
Organiser: Sue Stevens 01943 817326
Planner: Martin Gill
Controller: George Crawford-Smith (PFO)
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